5 standout players from Santosh Trophy 2018

Goal takes a look at the players who have excelled in this year's edition of the national tournament..

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    East Bengal's youth product Bidyasagar Singh has been leading Bengal's attack in the 2018 edition of the Santosh Trophy. He is the team's top-scorer with four goals and has put in impressive shifts in every game he has featured. 

    A brilliant 20-yard strike from Bidyasagar against Chandigarh took a small deflection on his way into the net to seal Bengal's berth in the semi-final.


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    Victorino Fernandes

    With five goals to his name, Goa's Victorino Fernandes is currently the tournament's top scorer. 

    At 29, the ongoing edition of the Santosh Trophy has presented an opportunity to come back into the limelight and the former FC Goa player has grabbed it with both hands. 

    In a forgettable campaign for Goa who missed out on qualification from their group, Victorino's displays caught the eye. 

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    Leon Augustine

    Bengaluru FC academy player Leon Augustine has impressed for Karnataka this year. The energetic winger fries full-backs at will and can produce a moment of magic out of nowhere. 

    He has helped Karnataka book a semi-final match-up against defending champions Bengal. Having already made his debut for the Bengaluru FC senior team in their 1-0 AFC Cup win against Abahani Dhaka earlier this month, Leon looks set for a bright future with the Blues. 

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    The 21-year-old attacking midfielder Lalromawia has been the main man behind Mizoram's success this season. The youngster has already found the back of net four times and has been a real livewire in the Mizo midfield.

    Hailing from a small village named Samlukhai in Mizoram, the talented young footballer comes from a very humble background. Read more about Lalromawia's story here.

    Speaking about the talented youngster, his coach Lalsuangzuala Hmar said, “Last year in Mizoram Premier League, he played for Chanmari West FC. His actual role is number six. During the Mizoram League, I used to observe his game.

    "When I got him in the Mizoram team, I used him as a number ten or a number eight. In the qualifier also he scored quite a few goals and in the group stage, he scored four. He is a young talent and has a very good future.”

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    Jithin MS

    "Jithin is an exceptional player - someone who we will definitely see in the Indian Super League and I-League in a few years' time. He has the pace and the trickery to get past the players. Couple that with his vision on the field and eye for goal, we have a complete player," Kerala head coach Satheevan Balan was quoted by The New Indian Express.

    The young right winger from Kerala has been tearing the opposition to shreds in Santosh Trophy this year. The Thrissur-born Sree Kerala Varma college student has scored four goals as Kerala entered the semis of the competition to set up a vital clash with Mizoram and the talented Malayali is sure to catch the eyes of the biggies in Indian football.